A Girl Scout Holiday Service Project


Project Overview


This project was started in 1985 by Edra Robertson, a social worker in South San Francisco. She and her Girl Scout troop collected toys to give through Social Services to children who had been physically and/or emotionally abused. Because they were put into foster homes around the winter holiday season, there would have been no gifts allocated for these children. Since then, the project has grown to include troops in five of the counties in the legacy council, Girl Scouts of San Francisco Bay Area. These troops generate funds and gifts to fill the ongoing need.


The project begins with organizing each of the county efforts and getting the word out to troops and groups. It builds with the collection of new gifts and culminates in Distribution Day, usually the second Saturday in December.

Training is often given to older Girl Scouts and covers an overview of To Kids From Kids, expectations of behavior, work, dress, safety issues, and record keeping. Training is available to those girls who are interested in speaking to groups. These girls typically speak at Service Unit meetings to share information and talk about their own experience with the project. Training and ages of girls depend on specific locations and needs in each county.

The collection of new gifts may be done in a wide variety of ways eliciting the help of family, school, church or temple, and community. See our Participation page for specific ideas. Generally large businesses are not solicited by troops because they may already contribute funding to Girl Scouting.

Distribution (packing) Day is the final step in the process. The project is staffed by Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Girls are encouraged to take greater responsibility with each succeeding year they participate. Typically, gifts are arranged around a room by age groups for the packers to see. The gifts are selected by age and gender to fit the requests of the social worker. They are then placed in boxes for the social workers to pick up at the end of the day. All participants, packers and donors are given certificates for their contribution to the project.

Be sure to check our County pages for specifics.

Last update October 11, 2008